Friday, October 24, 2014

MORE PHOTOS: TREE PLANTING WITH PURDUE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS


 POST FROM JACOB DADI
In May of this year, Purdue University students planted more than 75 trees at Ore Primary School near Tsavo West. Such events help inspire the young students in Primary schools to become responsible and take care of the environment.


Amara Conservation paid for ten thousand litres of water to be delivered to the school for watering the trees a few weeks afterward. The school patron of the wildlife club at Ore primary school selected two pupils to take care of each tree every day to make sure the tree grows well.


On 23rd September I visited the school to check on the trees and they are doing very well. Every pupil told me he/she was very keen about the trees, some could even tell the date and time when the tree started producing new leaves!


This was encouraging and I saw how the pupils were happy to have Amara Conservation be part of them in school. The dry season has taken over in Tsavo now - so it was impressive to see the trees growing so well.


The pupils had put a local fence around the area where the trees were planted and also surrounded each tree with sticks to prevent goats or cattle from eating them.


When I was there, the school patron of the wildlife club informed me that they had registered with wildlife clubs of Kenya and they were asking Amara Conservation to help them get a field trip to the park.


I discussed this with Lori and we were hoping to find someone to fund this. Meanwhile I asked Mr Mulati from Sheldrick Wildlife Trust if they could help out, and they said yes!


On October 8th, only two weeks since our discussion, more than 25 Ore primary school pupils are enjoying being in the Tsavo East National Park right now. They informed me on the phone that the kids are very happy today to see a live lion in its habitat, among many other wild animals. One could feel the joy of the students in the bus on the phone when I was talking to the head teacher.JACOB DADI

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